Devialet, the speaker company backed by Jay-Z, takes on Apple with $299 wireless earbuds

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a close up of a device: Devialet's Gemini wireless earbuds. Devialet


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Devialet’s Gemini wireless earbuds. Devialet

  • Audio company Devialet is branching out from high-end speakers and launching earbuds to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro.
  • Devialet’s Gemini wireless earbuds cost $299 in the US and will be available to pre-order from October 10.
  • CEO Franck Lebouchard talked up Gemini’s active noise cancellation and said the earbuds had been in the works for two years.
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High-end speaker company Devialet is taking on Apple with its first pair of wireless earbuds, the £279/$299 Devialet Gemini.

Devialet is best-known for making pricey speakers targeted at audiophiles, winning plaudits for its classic, $2,000 Phantom speakers. The company’s backers include Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn, which produces the iPhone, as well as Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

This is the first time the company is venturing into headphones, with an eye to a broader audience.

The Devialet Gemini earbuds are about $50 pricier than Apple’s AirPods Pro, which come in at £249/$249.

Devialet says Gemini’s features will include:

  • Devialet’s high-quality audio engineering
  • 8 hours of battery life in each charge, or six with active noise cancellation enabled
  • Dust and water resistance
  • Bluetooth support
  • A charge case, with replaceable battery, and wireless Qi charging or via USB-C
  • Active noise cancellation comes with “transparency” mode that allows you to hear more background noise



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Devialet

The earbuds will be available to pre-order online from October 10. They’ll be available to buy directly in the US from partners like Best Buy and Amazon from November 25. According to Devialet’s site, the company isn’t committing to a shipping time, only guaranteeing it will ship by or before December 15 or else issue a refund. In the UK, Devialet Gemini will also be available through retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges.

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Review: PaMu Quiet TWS earbuds are an ear-friendly alternative to other noise-cancelling earphones

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PaMu Quiet earbuds are a $90 pair of earbuds that offer decent sound quality, active noise cancellation, but may not be enough for the true audiophile.

Today we’re taking a look at the PaMu Quiet TWS earbuds— a budget-friendly pair of earbuds that may have solved the ear-ache issues associated with active noise cancellation.

A case for a good case

The case can be hung easily from a bag

The PaMu Quiet ship with an interesting case that seems to emulate the shape of a pocket watch. A blue light on the outside shows the current charge level, while a secure button release ensures your case won’t accidentally pop open.

The case is Qi-compatible, allowing you to drop it on your favorite wireless charging pad to top it off. If you don’t have a charging pad, the case can be charged via the included USB-C port.

PaMu Quiet TWS earbuds in case

PaMu Quiet TWS earbuds in case

The case also comes with a strap that can allow you to quickly hook the case over your wrist or onto a bag for easy retrieval.

Comfort and design

The PaMu Quiet earbuds feature a stem-like design and soft silicone earbud tips that sit inside the ear canal, similar to AirPods Pro. They sit deep enough into the ear canal to provide a secure fit and good sound quality, but not so far that they feel uncomfortable.

Those who have larger ear canals may find that these don’t sit as tightly as they may want, which could make them less ideal for particularly active use cases. For example, I typically wear small or medium-sized tips, but needed to bump up to the largest if I wanted to wear these while working out without them being thrown out of my ears.

The touch controls on the earbuds aren’t great. By default, you can